Microfinance
 India
Project #24313

Help start a micro-credit program for 50 women

by Prime Educational and Social Trust

Summary

Empower 50 women start or expand small businesses of their own by providing micro-credit loans or grants.
$20,000.00
total goal
$18,728.00
remaining
7
donors
0
monthly donors
9
months

Challenge

Many studies show that bringing people out of poverty cannot be done through charitable efforts alone. It requires empowering disenfranchised groups to become self-reliant. Women, in particular, face a range of societal ills that puts them at a distinct disadvantage. For example, alcoholism, low literacy rates, limited employment opportunities, predatory lending and the resulting "debt trap" restrict women from having an expendable income, let alone start small businesses of their own.

Solution

This project will provide small grants or loans (free or low interest) to women pursuing small businesses of their own. The awarding of loans and grants will be based on established small businesses or clearly outlined new ideas. Prime Trust already has a fair trade store in Puducherry that sells products that are made by women from our self-help groups. These women have voiced their need for additional funding to expand their businesses.

Long-Term Impact

This project empowers women to become self-reliant and self-sustaining. It gives them the financial independence that they rightfully deserve. Additionally, there are added opportunities for employment opened. They are also able to meet other small business owners through our Akshaya store meetings. This ability to form networks with other women gives them access to support systems and safety nets that they otherwise would not have within their own families.

Resources

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Organization Information

Prime Educational and Social Trust

Location: Puducherry - India
Website: http:/​/​www.primetrust.org
Project Leader:
SM Arasu
Puducherry, Puducherry India
$1,272 raised of $20,000 goal
 
14 donations
$18,728 to go
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